MDXC, later EGDC.Lat/Long N51.05.14/W04.09.01.27ft amsl .Airfield Ident CV
RUNWAYS:Pre RAF :Grass N/S,NE/SW,E/W,SE/NW all 1200yds .
As built 1942 - Concrete 09/27 1450yds,15/33 1200yds,03/21 1160yds.
09/27(now 10/28) later extended to 6014ft Asphalt.
In 1934 Bob Boyd commenced a service to Lundy , initially using Dragon G-ACCR.The dragon was badly damaged in a landing accident on Lundy in June and was replaced by a GAL Monospar (G-ACCP) and a Short Scion (G-ACUW).A scheduled service under the title Atlantic Coast Air Services commenced in April 1935- the name was changed to Lundy & Atlantic Coast Airlines in April 1937.
In the spring of 1940, with the coming of war the aerodrome effectively closed,services to Lundy ceased and work began on building an airfield for the RAF on an adjacent site immediately to the west of the existing aerodrome.
A three runway airfield and all facilities were built for the use of Coastal Command and opened in November 1940 .The airfield would continue in RAF use until 1995 when it was transferred to the Royal Marines and closed to flying with the exception of SAR units and the 624 Volunteer Gliding Squadron - which is still the situation today (2008).
After the war the civilian side of the site was once again used under the name of Wrafton Gate ...services to Lundy Island restarted in 1950 by Devon Air Travel and later by Devonair .The services to Lundy eventually ceased in 1955 never to be restarted.
|24/11/40||3 (Coastal) OTU||29/7/41||Blenheim, Beaufort, Anson||renamed 5(Coastal) OTU|
|1/12/40||252 Sqdn.||6/4/41||Blenheim IF / IVF, Beaufighter IC|
|3/4/41||272 Sqdn.||28/5/41||Beaufighter IC|
|1/8/41||5 (Coastal) OTU||29/7/41||Beaufort, Anson/Oxford|
|8/1/42||1417 Flight||4/4/42||Wellington VIII||Leigh Light Trials unit - became 172 Sqdn.|
|4/4/42||172 Sqdn.||1/9/44||Wellington VIII, XII, XIV|
|6/5/42||77 Sqdn.||5/10/42||Whitley V|
|16/7/42||235 Sqdn.||21/1/43||Beaufighter IC VIC|
|10/12/42||547 Sqdn.||22/1/43||Wellington VIII|
|Dec 42||59 Sqdn.||27/3/43||Fortress IIA||det. only to 6/2/43|
|22/1/43||404 Sqdn.||2/4/43||Beaufighter II & XI|
|1/4/43||407 Sqdn.||3/11/43||Wellington XII/ XIV|
|2/4/43||547 Sqdn.||31/5/43||Wellington VIII/XI|
|25/5/43||612 Sqdn.||1/11/43||Wellington XIII|
|2/12/43||407 Sqdn.||29/1/44||Wellington XII /XIV|
|3/12/43||612 Sqdn.||26/1/44||Wellington XIII / XIV|
|Jan 44 ?||ASV Training Flight/Unit||20/6/45||Wellington XII/ XIII / XIV|
|19/2/44||304 Sqdn.||21/9/44||Wellington XIV|
|1/3/44||612 Sqdn.||9/9/44||Wellington XIV|
|28/4/44||407 Sqdn.||24/8/44||Wellington XIV|
|6/9/44||179 Sqdn.||21/9/44||Wellington XIV|
|26/9/44||36 Sqdn.||9/3/45||Wellington XIV|
|23/10/44||179 Sqdn.||1/11/44||Wellington XIV|
|24/10/44||14 Sqdn.||25/5/45||Wellington XIV|
|11/11/44||407 Sqdn.||4/6/45||Wellington XIV||Disbanded|
|14/3/45||459 Sqdn.||10/4/45||Wellington XIII|
|29/6/45||254 Sqdn.||26/11/45||Beaufighter X|
|19/7/45||248 Sqdn.||8/12/45||Mosquito VI|
|3/11/45||517 Sqdn.||21/6/46||Fortress II / III, Halifax III||Disbanded|
|30/11/45||517 Sqdn.||21/6/46||Halifax III||Disbanded|
|17/12/45||248 Sqdn.||30/5/46||Mosquito VI|
|24/9/46||26 Sqdn.||23/10/46||Tempest F.2|
|6/1/46||CCFATU||21/2/46||Martinet, Hurricane IIC, Spitfire LF.16E||Disbanded - Coastal Command Fighter Affiliation Training Unit|
|4/10/46||691 Sqdn.||11/2/49||Vengeance TT.IV, Martinet TT1, Harvard T2B, Spitfire LF.16E, Oxford T.2||Renumbered 17 Sqdn.|
|15/10/47||203 AFS||19/7/49||Spitfire XVI & XIX, Martinet, Harvard||Advanced Flying School|
|11/2/49||17 Sqdn.||13/3/51||Martinet TT1, Harvard T2B, Spitfire LF.16E, Oxford T.2, Beaufighter TT.10|
|26/10/49||5 Sqdn.||13/3/51||Martinet TT1, Harvard T2B, Spitfire LF.16E, Oxford T.2, Beaufighter TT.10, Vampire F.3|
|Feb 50||Station Flight||Aug 50||Buckmaster, Tiger Moth|
|17/7/50||OFU||19/3/51||Buckmaster and others||Overseas Ferry Unit|
|28/3/51||229 OCU||2/9/74||Vampire FB.5/ T.11; Meteor F.8 / T.7; Sabre F.4; Hunter 1,4,6,7,9,10; Tempest TT.5, Chipmunk T10||Comprised of Reserve sqdns: 63; 79; 145; 234. Also a Forward Air Controller Flight, Towed Target Flight and Fighter/Recconaisance Flight.|
|Nov 54||275 Sqdn.||Oct 57 ?||Sycamore, Whirlwind||E Flight, Transferred to 22 Sqdn as A flight .|
|Jun 56 ?||22 Sqdn.||current||Whirlwind, Wessex, Sea King||A Flight only|
|3/9/65||624 VGS||Current||Cadet, Sedbergh, Prefect, Venture, Vigilant T.1||Volunteer Gliding School/Squadron(from 2006) Aircraft on charge 2008..ZH 128 (TP), ZH 190 (UC), ZH 194 (UG)|
|1/8/80||1 TWU det.||1/4/81||Hawk||63 (Reserve) Sqdn. Became 2 TWU|
|1/4/81||2 TWU||1/4/92||Hawk||Tactical Weapons Unit with 63 and 151 (Reserve) Sqdns|
|1/4/92||7 FTS||30/9/94||Hawk||Flying Training School formed from 2 TWU with 63 & 151 (renumbered 19 & 92 from 1/9/92) (Reserve) Sqdns.|
|1/10/94||4 FTS Weapons det.||14/3/95 ?||Hawk|
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